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Nearly 500,000 COVID-19 vaccine shots from COVAX arrive in Vietnam

Nearly 500,000 COVID-19 vaccine shots from COVAX arrive in Vietnam

Tuesday, August 10, 2021, 16:37 GMT+7
Nearly 500,000 COVID-19 vaccine shots from COVAX arrive in Vietnam
Vials labelled "Astra Zeneca COVID-19 Coronavirus Vaccine" and a syringe are seen in front of a displayed AstraZeneca logo, in this illustration photo taken March 14, 2021. Photo: Reuters

Another shipment of 494,400 AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine doses provided by the COVAX Facility has been delivered to Vietnam.

The vaccine shots arrived at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi on Tuesday morning and are being stored at the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology.

The COVAX Facility has sent 9,175,700 COVID-19 vaccine doses to the Southeast Asian country, including 5,000,100 Moderna shots from the U.S. government and 4,175,600 AstraZeneca jabs, according to the World Health Organization Vietnam.

COVAX is an international partnership created to ensure global equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines.

The COVAX Facility is co-led by the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness and Innovations (CEPI), GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance, the World Health Organization (WHO), and UNICEF as a key delivery partner.

Vietnam has so far received about 19 million COVID-19 vaccine shots from various sources, including more than 11.5 million AstraZeneca shots, 12,000 Sputnik V doses, 746,000 Pfizer shots, over five million Moderna jabs, and 1.5 Sinopharm doses.

The Vietnamese Ministry of Health has approved six COVID-19 vaccines for emergency use, namely AstraZeneca, Sputnik V, Moderna, Pfizer, Sinopharm, and Johnson & Johnson.

A total of 9,987,587 doses have been administered since inoculation was rolled out on March 8, with 1,003,287 people fully vaccinated.

As of Tuesday afternoon, Vietnam had documented 224,894 coronavirus cases, with 75,920 recoveries and 3,757 deaths.

The country has recorded 220,957 local infections in 62 out of 63 provinces and cities since the fourth wave started on April 27.

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